Question about 2001 Volkswagen Golf
I recently pulled a 5 x 8 trailer with my vw golf. I had my car serviced prior to my 4 day trip across 3 provinces and had approximately $4,000.00 of work done.before my trip my car was not making any unusual noises. when arriving to my destination I noticed little or no oil on my dipstick. I filled my car with the oil stated in my owners manual.My car has been making a ticking noise now for the past 2 months. I have driven my car very little since as I only have a 3 minute drive to and from work. Today my coolant indicator light was flashing when I started my car. I did not drive my car and checked the coolant level. there was no coolant left in the reservoir.I am going to the dealership to pick up the proper coolant for my vw tomorrow. I am wondering if my camshaft belt is the problem with the ticking noise.
Posted by Anonymous on
It would not hurt to check it but the loss of oil and the loss of coolant are worrying. I would have a compression test done to check the head gasket and head. The tick may be compression gas escaping at the gasket. That would also account for coolant loss. Have a pressure test done on the cooling system to check for leaks. Towing a trailer ( I guess that it had a bit in it) over a long distance at speed ( probably 60 mph or better) places strain on a good engine but if the engine is on par or below then faults appear
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: vw golf 1990 - problem
1. This could be because the fan motor is not workin. Check the fuse and check to see if you are getting power to the fan motor. If these checks are ok, then I would suspect the fan motor.
2. This will most likely be the drive belt that runs the alternator that either needs adjusting or replacing.
3. You will need to check your ignition timing.
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
Because your car is consuming so much oil, you need to check the level often, so the level won't go down more than one quart. You will get an idea how long you can drive the car before it is down one quart, and should keep the level at the full mark. You should change the oil filter, as it is still collecting contaminants.
Have you checked the spark plugs condition? It seems the oil consumption will result in the plugs being fouled soon . Keep that oil level up, or the result will be a seized engine. Also, I'm guessing the tail pipe shows black residue, another sign of high oil consumption. This is probably why someone sold this car, they didn't want to deal with an expensive repair of an engine rebuild. You are correct, an oil change should be done every 3k miles.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
Wish I was there to see the leak. The trans unit is sealed enough to keep the average person out of it. And the parts stores def. don't carry the special trans fluid required. A new trans will cost you 4-5 grand, so you really don't want to run it low on fluid. Transmissions, especially these, don't take well to being run low on fluid. I'd try the stealership on a chance tomorrow, otherwise some dealers are open for a half day on Saturday. I'd have her play the "this is a dire emergency" card being she is so far from home. I don't know the exact situation, but I think a room at the Hilton for 3 or 4 days is still way cheaper that a new trans.
Posted on Jan 01, 2010
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